noun, often attributive
war·rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər , ˈwȯr-ē-ər , ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər \

Definition of warrior 

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors

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The fiercest warriors in the world would now carry steel. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Stern and the small band of Pluto warriors had to bring the mission back from dead at least half a dozen times. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the all-American voyage to the last world in the Solar System," 3 July 2018 Moments before Trump took the stage, Lewandowski circulated in the ballroom and was swarmed by fans who sought selfies with one of the president's more prominent cable news warriors. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, stumping in Nevada, makes immigration a central midterms issue for GOP," 24 June 2018 Those Old Ones followed me, the quiet girl with the long dark hair, The daughter of a warrior who wouldn’t give up. Joy Harjo, The New Yorker, "Running," 24 June 2018 The moment was chillingly powerful, as was the following scene, when Akecheta returned the braid of a warrior to his sobbing mother. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Ghost Nation, Revealed," 10 June 2018 From opening her own gym to gracing the cover of Women’s Health Magazine, Angela Gargano, 27, of Cranston, R.I., is something of an American warrior already. Sophie Cannon, BostonGlobe.com, "Cranston’s Angela Gargano returns to ‘American Ninja Warrior’ regional competition," 11 May 2018 Paying homage to the female warrior and patron saint of France (who was burned at the stake at 19 after leading a French army to victory), Zendaya arrived in head-to-toe silver armor with a beaded train and chain-mail detailing designed by Versace. Lynsey Eidell, Allure, "Zendaya Debuted a Short, Red Bob at the 2018 Met Gala," 7 May 2018 Scathach, for example, is a warrior so adept at martial arts that the great Cú Chulainn comes to her to learn from her. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "Savanna Rae celebrates the badass women of Irish folklore in Daughters of Ire," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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English Language Learners Definition of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill


war·rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər , ˈwȯr-ē-ər \

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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